Last night I got to see the early screening of Hancock at Grand Cinema and it was worth staying up late to catch it. The reviews have not been great but in a slew of comic book films that see a well-established hero with his own fan base, go up against a predicted antagonist, Hancock may be a refreshing alternative to the stereotypes. He’s an alcoholic, a rage-o-holic, anti-hero that is hated by the residents of Los Angeles, who seem him as more of a menace to society than a super-anything. Unable to fight crime without being drunk, cursing or causing millions of dollars in damages, his life takes a turn for the better early on in the film. Upon saving a down-on-his-luck PR guy, played by Jason Bateman, the favor is returned with a proposed makeover of Hancock’s image. He willingly goes to jail where, after a long stubborn battle, eventually succumbs to treatment and enters the process of rehabilitation. Essentially, the villain or the antagonist Hancock has to fight is actually himself. It’s really about a normal guy with superpowers and how he would survive with these abilities if he wasn’t the sugarcoated image of Superman or Spiderman whose heroics are what well think of when it comes to superheroes.
Peter Berg’s quick-cutting and rotative directing techniques add a pretty unique style to a film of this magnitude, while Will Smith delivers, as can be expected. While the film is pretty funny, it does take a bit of a dark turn towards the end, which I think some people didn’t quite get. There are missing pieces throughout the story as to who Hancock really is, his origin, or various other loose ends, but I think they were meant to be that way in a set up for a sequel. But it was nevertheless one hell of a popcorn-blockbuster flick for the summer.